Adding a garden to your property can improve several aspects of your home, from beautifying outdoor entertaining areas to providing fresh food for your family. The type and size of your garden, along with the condition of the installation site, will help determine the requirements and cost of your project.
New Gardens and Replacement Installations
Thorough preparation is essential for the success of the plantings in your new garden. Your contractor can evaluate the current condition of your ground and soil to determine the work needed to ready the site. Installing a garden on bare dirt may require some tilling and soil enhancement, and is completed for an average price of $402. Establishing a garden where other landscaping exists may involve removing sod, plants, or shrubs and could cost $614. Replacing a current garden with a new design may call for the removal of some plants, replacing mulch, and amending soil, and costs about $537.
The size of your garden plot is an important factor in planning the time, manpower, and equipment needed for installation. Small gardens can often be prepared with manual tools and small equipment, while large machines may be used for bigger sites that require substantial ground work. Installing a garden of less than 500 square feet may cost only $483, compared to $604 for a site 500-1000 sq. ft., $827 for 1000-2000 sq. ft., and $1004 for 2000-3000 sq. ft. Large garden projects cost an average of $1172 for a 3000-4000 sq. ft. site, and $1394 for one of 4000-5000 sq. ft.
The complexity and style of your garden design are important considerations in pricing the installation. If you have planned your garden with a designer and have professional drawings for the project, your contractor can begin work from the plans and complete the job for an average of $714. If you are still in the early stages of planning your garden and need some design guidance and direction, your landscaper may invest substantial time to develop a plan or involve a designer to bring your ideas to life. Without prepared drawings, the project may cost about $857.
Drainage and Irrigation Systems
Landscape drainage can be important for the health of your garden, and is typically installed during ground preparation. The terrain and soil conditions of your yard will contribute to the cost of a drainage system, which generally ranges from $903 to $1277. Similarly, installing a sprinkler or drip irrigation system can benefit your new garden and simplify ongoing maintenance. The size and features of a sprinkler system will affect the cost of installation, which averages $816. Your contractor can evaluate the need for drainage and irrigation systems, and may bring specialized subcontractors in to handle these aspects of the job.
Planning for a Garden Installation
Several factors may influence the complexity and cost of your garden installation, from the current state of your yard to the type and design of your garden. Whether a small perennial garden, expansive softscape element, or productive herb and vegetable beds, adding a garden to your property can improve the beauty and usefulness of your yard and add value to the entire property.